The discovery of sophisticated eyes in a fossilized hagfish has dethroned the modern blind hagfish as the only observable so-called intermediate form in eye evolution.
- Hagfish are blind because their eyes are missing many essential parts.
- Evolutionists have long seen hagfish as a living transitional form in the story of eye evolution.
- Discovery of complex eyes in an ancient hagfish fossil robs evolutionists of their supposed intermediate form.
- Hagfish originally had good eyes and lost them, but this is not reverse evolution because eye complexity did not evolve in the first place.
- Hagfish with complex eyes were designed by a wise Creator God, but they have degenerated like so many other things in this sin-cursed world.
What can a creature’s eyes tell us? How about where it ranks on the evolutionary scale? Until recently the hagfish was seen as a living example of an intermediate form in the stepwise evolution of eyes. Its blind eyes1 with sightless retinas lack image-forming essentials like a lens, iris, and melanin pigment as well as muscles for eye movement. The eyes can even be buried beneath its skin! The hagfish was therefore thought to have less evolved eyes than its creepy cousin the lamprey, which has a sophisticated camera-type eye. Together these jawless fish were thought to speak volumes about the evolutionary history of the vertebrate eye.
So Many Camera-Type Eyes and Not an Evolutionarily Primitive One in the Bunch
A camera-type eye collects and focuses light to form an image on a light-sensitive surface, the retina. We have them. So do lampreys and the overwhelming majority of animal species. Appearing in a wide variety of configurations, the complex camera-type eye is seen in all sorts of vertebrates as well as mollusks and arthropods. Complex eyes are seen in such a wide variety of fossils from the Cambrian explosion on up that evolutionists believe evolution produced camera-type eyes independently 50 to 100 times.